Reading other reviews (although most people just rate it and proceed) posed me with many other questions and also gave me idea of what people generally think about her and her diary. So Im going to start with- DO WE DESERVE to review or even rate this book diary? She thought and wrote over few such things that didnt occur to my mind until I read it but have applied throughout my life. I have read in lot of review that her thoughts were way ahead of her age. I felt very sad and depressed and it would have been the last thing to occur to me that it was uninteresting; I was just taken by her wish to see the outside world again, feel the fresh wind and to go to school, but... The worst question that seemed to have been slapped across my face was: Would this book have meant the same if Anne had survived the holocaust and lived to become old?
I am all for everyone's right to express their opinion but I read a few of the '1 star' reviews and I was shocked to read what a few people had to say about this book. 2. For those who comment on the writing- This is a 14year old's diary!! I believe no one has the right to 'review' much less criticize a written document of a 14 year old's life who made it through the worst of circumstances and through difficulties we cannot even imagine to live through.
As a journal-keeper myself, I sometimes find myself wondering, What if someone else were to read this? While reading Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl I do not get the sense that there is any such filtering going on. From the ages of 12-15 Anne lived an extraordinary life, and quickly grew far beyond her years in her understanding and handling of a horrendous situation. No matter how broad or limited your understanding of the world events that threw Anne and her family into a life in hiding, I had before reading this held the general assumption that, Well, it was wartime. At a time when my mother was discovering make-up, Anne was realizing that life would never again be so youthful, so joyous and carefree as before the war. I would recommend Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl to absolutely everyone, for I believe that it holds some truth or enlightenment for everyone.
If it meant that this spirited, intelligent and articulate girl hadn't died along with so many others in Belsen concentration camp, and that the holocaust had never happened, that would be a wonderful thing, but it did happen, and that makes the reading of this diary even more heartbreaking. For a 13 year old girl, Anne was so articulate - the way she expresses her thoughts and feelings about herself and others is remarkable. From 1942 - 1944 they occupy rooms in an old office building, which they call 'The Secret Annexe'. After being interned in two concentration camps, Anne and her sister Margot were finally sent to Bergen-Belsen where they both died - Anne was just 15 years old.
Maybe the first thing that most people would get shocked is that I rate with only 3 stars one of the best selling books of the 20th century (and now 21st century too) and even more, a book about the Holocaust. For starters, I wonder how many people really, I mean REALLY read the book, because to rate with 5 stars a famous book that everybody tells you that it's a book that all people should read, and then they got in this commnunity for readers and maybe they feel the compromise to make the rest to think that you really read the book. I invested so much time in that because, one has to be honest, the book is tedious since it's not really a novel, it's a collection of diary writings without a coherent line of constructing a story, even you need editors' further notes to know what happened to the people in the Secret Annex since obviously, Anne was unable to tell the final events. The first thing that surprised me it's how this diary collection that it was written in the 40's, in Holland, by a teenage girl, almost anybody can relate to the comments and you don't feel them as outdated. Other thing that surprised me a lot was how much Anne Frank (and by association, the rest of the group in the Secret Annex) were informed about the events in the war, I know, they had a radio, but from stuff that I had read about WWII, there were certain elements of the information that people weren't aware. I am not saying that the diary is not authentic as some dumb people commented that the Holocaust didn't happen. I am just commenting that surprised me how well they were informed about key sensitive info of war events taking in account that they were a bunch of people living hidden for like 3 years in an isolated annex of a building.
One cannot fathom what other marvelous books the world might have known had this talented, perceptive girl been permitted the life she was due. "Don't worry about it, we shall arrange everything.
For her 13th birthday Anne Frank received a diary she dubbed Kitty. The funny thing is that Anne Frank's Diary was not the first Holocaust book I read, I think that was The Devil's Advocate.
Anne was the last of the family to come to the Netherlands, in February 1934. She wrote a diary while in hiding with her family and four friends in Amsterdam during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.